Besides, lack of Indian cows in local markets ahead of Eid-ul-Azha has also made them expecting good profits in the sale of sacrificial animals, reports our correspondent after visiting the region and talking to the traders.
Around 1,36,920 home-reared sacrificial animals are ready for sale ahead of Eid-ul-Azha in Pabna, whereas the region needs 1,32000 cattle, according to the District Livestock Department.
As sufficient numbers of local cattle are already in stocks, the traders have not brought Indian cows, said Dr Abdul Gafur, the district’s livestock officer.
In past several years, the cattle traders of the region faced losses ahead of Eid-ul-Azha due to Indian cows and artificially fattened cattle that cause serious health hazards to consumers, according to the farmers and traders.
The reports on the bad affects of consuming the meat of artificially fattened cattle were widely circulated by print and electronic media, which affected the cattle markets. As a result, the traders who brought hybrid and hefty cattle in the markets had to incur a huge loss.
Aslam Bepari, cattle trader of Ataikula Hat (market) in Pabna, said, last year, he could sell only 80 out of 200 hybrid and fattened cows in Dhaka’s Gabtali cattle market. Many other cattle traders and farmers of the region faced the similar loss last year.
Being aware of the fact, the cattle farmers and traders of the district have been fattening their cows by feeding them urea, molasses and straw (UMS) mixture to the cattle at a right proportion several months ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha this year, said Cattle Farmer of Atgharia Abdus Sattar.
Dr Gafur claimed that the department had encouraged the cattle farmers of Pabna for fattening their cattle in scientific and local ways by providing them with proper training and suggestions, which has yielded good results.